Rereading them, it struck me that for some readers, the earlier pieces might seem to belong to a bygone era to 30 years ago. I chose to include them as background, indicating certain directions in my thinking. A burgeoning women's movement in the s and early s incited and provided the occasions for them, created their ecology.
November 28, by Rebecca Katherine Hirsch The old, male idea of honor…. Male honor also having something to do with killing: Honesty in women has not been considered important.
We have been depicted as generally whimsical, deceitful, subtle, vacillating.
And we have been rewarded for lying. Men have been expected to tell the truth about facts, not about feelings. They have not been expected to talk about feelings at all.
It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-involvement and isolation. It is important to do this because in so doing we do justice to our own complexity.
Truthfulness has not been considered important for women, as long as we have remained physically faithful to a man, or chaste.
We have been expected to lie with our bodies: We have been required to tell lies at different times, depending on what the men of the time needed to hear. We have had the truth of our bodies withheld from us or distorted; we have been kept in ignorance of our most intimate places.
Our instincts have been punished: It has been difficult, too, to know the lies of our own complicity from the lies we believed. Patriarchal lying has manipulated women both through falsehood and through silence.
Facts we needed have been withheld from us.
False witness has been borne against us. In the struggle for survival we tell lies. To bosses, to prison guards, the police, men who have power over us, who legally own us and our children, lovers who need us as proof of their manhood. And so we must take seriously the question of truthfulness between women, truthfulness among women.
As we cease to lie with our bodies, as we cease to take on faith what men have said about us, is a truly womanly idea of honor in the making? There is a danger run by all powerless people: The truth of our bodies and our minds has been mystified to us.
We therefore have a primary obligation to each other: When relationships are determined by manipulation, by the need for control, they may possess a dreary, bickering kind of drama, but they cease to be interesting. They are repetitious; the shock of human possibilities has ceased to reverberate through them.
It means that most of the time I am eager, longing for the possibility of telling you. That these possibilities may seem frightening, but not destructive, to me.
That I feel strong enough to hear your tentative and groping words. That we both know we are trying, all the time, to expend the possibilities of truth between us.
The possibility of life between us. Some Notes on Lying Advertisements.As a writer, Adrienne Rich found it necessary to acknowledge her anger at both the oppression of women and her own life experience. There is a significant pattern of change in her work, and things she put into her poems that she did not yet know in her conscious, and the things that the poems reveal about the evolution of Adrienn Rich as a writer and as a woman.
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Home > Rich, Adrienne > Women and Honor This copy of Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying offered for sale by Good Books In The Woods for $ Women and Honor. Sep 22, · Thanks for joining me for Poetry Monday once again! This week's excerpt, though not a poem, is from a book of essay written by poet Adrienne Rich. The essay. In “Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying,” Adrienne Rich offers an alternative interpretation of honor that has several appealing features. Her account of honor as honest communication is hitched to no grand narrative.
The Beauty and Power of Essays Fall Term, Facilitator: Bob Steele [email protected] Our Readings for this course will come from two books.
Why Adrienne Rich Became the Only Person to Decline the National Medal of Arts Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination the political, and the deeply personal. In her essay titled “Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying,” originally read at the Hartwick Women.
Women In Leadership Leadership success strategies for women By Diane Kennedy At the beginning of the ATS Women in Lead- Adrienne Rich, “Honorable Human Relationship,” Women and Honor: Some Notes on Lying (San Francisco: Cleis Press, ).